West of Crested Butte in the Ruby Range, the Irwin Lodge is a backcountry snowboarding haven with 1,600 skiable acres and 2,100 of vertical. The area averages 600 to 700 inches of snowfall annually.
The lodge and snowcat operation is currently run by Irwin Backcountry Guides LLC, which runs about 10 guests per day in an avalanche controlled area.
If you are still up for some nightlife after along day of cat skiing, try Kochevars after 5pm, Eldo after 10pm and the Talk Of The Town after midnight.
Overall, Irwin Backcountry is the 7th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 28 snowboarding resorts in Colorado.
Local Contacts: Irwin Guides (970) 349-5430; Crested Butte Avalanche Center (970) 349-4022
Best Season: Jan. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Difficult
Base Camp: Butte Bunk, Mt Crested Butte (303) 309-0911
Luxury Loding: Scarp Ridge Lodge, Crested Butte (866) 479-4677; Elk Mountain Lodge, Crested Butte (970) 349-7533
Breakfast Restaurant: Izzys Cafe; Daily Dose
Reference Source: click here http://www.irwinguides.com/
PDF Map: click here
GPS: 38.88645, -107.10557
Date Published: 1/2/2016
Date Updated: 5/23/2019
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